A trailblazer for women on the flight deck


In 1972, Bonnie Tiburzi wrote to every major airline in the USA asking for a job, and every single airline turned her down, except for one. In March 1973, American Airlines offered Bonnie a position as First Officer –  making her the first woman to fly for a major commercial airline.

At the age of 24, Bonnie bravely broke barriers in the male-dominated profession and paved the way for women aviators to follow. Join American in a celebration of 50 years since Bonnie started flying for the airline, and honours the women that inspired her and those she has inspired to take the controls on the flight deck.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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